Ginny, I think you’re right. A little at a time, once you get it short, is the trick. The rows of roots will show otherwise.
Pam, I thought now that I have it about where I like it, it would be good to have all the photos in one place for the next time.
It’s good to see the stages of Billy’s transformation, Peggy. Helpful too in case I ever want to do it. When I changed Nadja to Toby, I was very cautious – just cutting a little bit at a time until I was satisfied. Billy looks great now.
This was the look I was going for, either straight or curly, and it turns out that straight is easier.
I tried the hairdryer on Lotte when I washed her hair, but on low and that distance, it didn’t seem like it did much, so I laid her down on a clean towel with her hair spread out, so it could air dry. That worked well, and I was able to go and do other things.
The play doll’s hair can be washed with lukewarm water and mild shampoo.
After washing the hair can be combed or styled with curlers.
Hair can be left to dry naturally or dried with a hairdryer on a low heat. When drying the hair with a hairdryer please make sure that the distance between the doll and the hairdryer is at least 20cm to avoid damaging the doll.”
Gotz do sell a doll one and Maxine did have it at one point but I don’t see it right now. I plan to buy it with an order eventually but will try my hairdryer on low in the meantime if needed.
I thought this might be the place to post photos of Billy’s hair transformation.
First, just with the long hair pulled back to see how he could look.
The next photo was after I chopped off all the excess. I was afraid to cut too much at first. Then Billy had a professional haircut, but still had bangs. It was still in his eyes. I tried curling it, but it didn’t stay curled. Finally I wet the bangs and the back, where the roots seem to make the hair stick up rather than down. I put his knitted cap on and left it until it was almost dry. Then I took it off and trimmed the hair to just above the eyes and at the base of the neck. Finally, I layered the hair all around and made sure the ears could be seen. The next boy will be easier. You just don’t want to cut the hair too short where the rows of roots are far apart.
One tip: The hair makes a mess and sticks to everything, especially in a dry climate where everything is full of static electricity. I learned the if I laid him on an old towel to do the cutting, most of the hair would fall into the towel, which could be shaken outdoors later. (At least the small bits; you might want to pick up large pieces and dispose of them in a bag, if you’re starting from scratch.)